Leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has rejected a survey conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana which predicts victory for the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The study, which sampled about 11,000 respondents across the country predicted that Akufo-Addo will secure about 51.7% of valid votes that will be cast on the election day.
The leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Mahama, is expected to trail with 40.4% of votes.
The Ghana Union Movement has been predicted to fall third, ahead of the Convention People’s Party.
Reacting to this, Hassan Ayariga, who is tipped to secure 0.1% of votes has discredited the survey, saying that it does not represent the wishes of Ghanaians.
“I can bet a million times that this research will fail. I am telling you that it will never happen. I have been to the grounds and people are disappointed that their basic needs have not been given to them. The people say they are tired of both the NPP and NDC and that I am the only candidate they prefer and will vote for me. How can the research say Kwabena Andrews placed third? Is it because he has a TV station, and he has been talking on the channel every day or because he has church members who will vote for him to become the third force?” Citinews quotes him as saying.
Meanwhile, the students’ wing of the National Democratic Congress in the University of Ghana has described the findings as fabricated and not factual.
President of the UG chapter of Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN-UG), Raymond Edem Tamakloe, believes the survey lacks transparency, saying it was compromised.
“Following the release of the report there have been issues about some persons having gone to pay monies to compromise the authenticity of the research,” he alleged.